CEC Welcomes New Director
Are you as excited as we are about our new Executive Director?
Nathan Smallwood senses the possibilities for the future of Cope Environmental Center. “There is a special feeling at CEC of heritage, support and joy that are key to success. This is a very exciting and game-changing opportunity.”
Smallwood has been named Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center as of July 1, after CEC conducted a national search for its new leader.
Smallwood brings a tremendous level of experience in nature center management, knowledge of sustainability and background in environmental education. Smallwood recently served as Executive Director at Schlitz Audubon Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to this he served as Director of Development and Marketing at Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio. Beyond his 20 years in non-profit management, marketing and fundraising experience, Smallwood is an avid birder, musician and advocate for “time in the woods.”
Smallwood is a strategist and would like to build upon the Cope family heritage, CEC’s strong position as an environmental education center and its national profile, pursuing Living Building certification with its new, sustainable interpretive building.
“Nathan will hit the ground, running,” says Alan Spears, CEC Board Chair and Search Committee Chair. “The search committee immediately saw Nathan’s passion for sustainability. He has immediate ideas and enthusiasm to utilize our new facility as a learning center.”
Smallwood is a native of Dayton, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Dartmouth College. He also received Masters of Environmental Management and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Yale University.